A message from IBT General President James P. Hoffa

Teamsters are growing

Although the Teamsters Rail Conference was established less than a year ago, it has already grown to nearly 70,000 members. We now represent rail employees working as engineers, trainmen, rail maintenance and production crews as well as other rail crafts. Our rail conference representatives actively participate with the Rail Labor Division of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department as well as other rail union coalitions. We want to make certain that our members' livelihoods are protected and encouraged. This is an historic time for rail workers.

We have been making great strides in growing the union in many industries. School district workers in Washington state, city employees in Florida, solid waste haulers in Florida and Alabama, farm workers in California, DHL subcontractors from Oregon to Texas to Virginia and thousands of airline workers have contributed to our membership growth. In December, the 60,000 members of the Graphic Communications International Union voted to merge with us, too.

Despite the election loss in November, we will continue to inform the White House of your priorities. We know that locomotive engineers and trainmen have some of the most dangerous jobs on the rails and that higher wages, safer workplaces and the rising cost of insurance are just a few of your concerns. We will be fighting for increased homeland security funding for the rails and reducing the cost of health insurance in 2005.

When I traveled the country prior to the election I met with members who were eager to tell me of their family's needs and I assured them, as I do you, that we will be here for the long haul.

Let's stay United and Strong!


Jim Hoffa

General President



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